Ikish Mullens

Biography

Ikish Mullens was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in the Vailsburg area of the city, in the Westward. He graduated from the University of Phoenix and independently published his first novel Mind Games: A Brick City Story in 2004. Additionally, in 2009 he founded and created MYCA Publishing.

Furthermore, Ikish’s other notable accomplishments include a cameo appearance in the independently released film produced by Shii-Fyne Productions title The Git Em Gyrlz.

In addition, he has also worked behind the scenes and as an on air radio personality for New 105.5i The Heat and Elite Radio in New Jersey.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the housing projects in Newark, New Jersey until I graduated from high school, and eventually moved to a one family house in Newark.

However, before moving out of the projects with my family, there were things that I witnessed as a youth living in the Newark Housing Authority that had a significant influence on my writing.

For example, the housing projects that I resided in had a heavy drug presence. However, as a youth I didn’t completely understand or comprehend what was going on around me until the day I was sitting on the porch with a few of my friends, and a substance abuser approach us and asked us for drugs. That was the day that I realized what a drug dealer was, and I began to recognize who the drug dealers were in the community.

In addition, in the beginning I despised the drug dealers. I couldn’t understand how anyone could intentionally sell drugs to someone, knowing that it could potentially kill them, and sleep well at night. However, as time passed and I began to watch and listen to the stories that various drug dealers told while they were on the block, or just hanging around the neighborhood, I began to empathize with them, and look at some of them in a different light.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I agree with their lifestyle choice. I’m just saying that from what I witnessed by speaking with them, I understand their need to sell drugs – from their perspective – in order to provide for themselves and their families. In addition, some of them sold drugs because their family or friends sold drugs, or because they felt it was the popular thing to do. While there were others who sold drugs because of the lifestyle it allowed them to afford, by allowing them to by cars, expensive cloths, attend parties, and catch the attention of women who were attracted to the lifestyle and money that dealing drugs afforded.

In contrast, a small few sold drugs as a means to an end. These select few sold drugs in order to gain enough money to put towards a small business, or pay for college, in hopes of escaping the housing projects or the hood, in hopes of one day living the American dream.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since the seventh grade. However, I can’t remember the theme or story of the first book that I wrote, but I do remember the title of the story. That was where I learn the importance of properly titling a book. The title of the first book that I wrote was the Holocaust, and when my mother found out about it, she told me that I can’t call it Holocaust, and then she explained to me what the Holocaust was.

Then after learning about what the Jews suffered during the Holocaust, I changed the title of the book, but I couldn’t tell you what it was, because I didn’t complete the book, and moved on to writing or doing something else.
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Where to find Ikish Mullens online


Where to buy in print


Books

Mind Games: A Brick City Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,910. Language: American English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » African American fiction » General
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Sex, Drugs, Love, Lies, Secrets, and Betrayal are just a few things Des encounters on his road to redemption. Sworn to secrecy about his inheritance, Des secretly began making plans to leave his life in the streets behind, only to open Pandora’s Box, and unleash a wave of chaos and destruction in the lives of those he love.

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